Google Flights: Watch Yourself Boeing!
La did a, bum didy bum… Huh? What’s that? Google has released a new flight search platform? This is not like them at all; I thought all they did was web searches. WHAT?!!! They have mail, video, a social network, office applications, a hotel search platform, and more?!!! Wow! Google is really spreading their wings these days. It’s almost like they’re trying to take over the internet. Good thing they have that “don’t be evil” motto, otherwise I might start getting worried. It really seems like they’re following the lead of the ethically unimpeachable anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon. Thank God!
Taking Google Flights for a Test Drive
Whew, sorry for the digression. I was just a bit shocked. Anyways, let’s get down to brass tacks. Google Flights is beautiful. You type in www.google.com/flights, and Boom! You are taken to a Google map with your current location entered as a starting point and rates for a variety of different cities already populated.
Maybe you weren’t considering going to Minneapolis, but look at that rate, and it has been a while since you’ve seen Cousin Hubert. Well, you might as well check out the flights. Click on Minneapolis. Go ahead, do it.
Whoa! Look at all those flights! Stay vigilant or you’ll… Argh, too late!
Everything is ready to go and it’s so cheap; you might as well just book it.
Alright, great, you booked your flight to Minneapolis for a great rate in just a few minutes. Google Flights is great!! Wait, what’s that? The reason you went on Google Flights in the first place was to look at flights for your upcoming business trip to Keokuk? Now, you have plane tickets to Minneapolis and haven’t even looked at flights to Keokuk? (Fists raised in anguish) GOOOOOOOOOGGGGGGGLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Google, You’ve Done It Again
Overall, Google Flights is a delight to use. The UI is clean and simple, and the content is great. They even have Southwest listed, even though they cannot show their rates. Along with Google’s hotel search, OTAs should be scared…..and they are. They’re pulling out every lawsuit in the book, and they might get some results that will give them a few more years of life, but it’s not looking good for them.
If it’s any consolation to the OTAs, Google is on track to put the entire internet out of business, and thereby, become synonymous with the web. “Hey Barry, did you get Google in your new apartment yet? My Google is out, and I really need it.”
Oh, and a little birdie (I made this up) told me that Google is looking into buying airplane and auto manufacturing plants. Poor Detroit.